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Palestinian Authority's Crimes of High Treason

Yesterday we discussed the fact that the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) is, in reality, not a better alternative than the terrorist group Hamas. Today, the Gatestone Institute’s Khaled Abu Toameh writes that while Hamas is open about its desire to destroy the Jewish state, the P.A. also continues to promote an anti-Israel ideology and considers any concessions to Israel to be treasonous:

The Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership continues to give false hope to Palestinians regarding the “right of return” to their former villages and towns in Israel, as do the leaderships of most Arab countries.

This is what the Arab and Palestinian leaders have been doing since the establishment of Israel in 1948 — and why millions of Palestinians continue to live in refugee camps throughout the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. Instead of helping the refugees and encouraging them to move on with their lives, Arab and Palestinian leaders continue to ask them to stay where they are because, they will are told, they will return to the homes of their grandfathers and great grandfathers inside Israel.

Arab and Palestinian leaders are afraid to confront the refugees with the truth sixty-seven years later, namely that the majority, if not all, will never return to towns and villages that no longer exist inside Israel…

Abbas and other Palestinian leaders have refrained from talking about the sensitive issue of the “right of return.” The only time they make any mention of the issue is when they call on Palestinians to mark “Nakba Day” (Day of Catastrophe) on the anniversary of the establishment of Israel.

Nakba Day is marked every year in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with rallies and marches, during which speakers and participants emphasize that they will never abandon the dream of returning to villages and towns inside Israel. On this day, many Palestinians also hold a key, which is the symbol of the “right of return.” Some, such as Hamas, go as far as repeating their call for the destruction of Israel…

Hamas is at least being honest about its intentions to destroy Israel and replace it with an Islamist state. But the Palestinian Authority leadership in the West Bank continues to deceive not only its people, but also the international community, with regards to the refugee problem.

By sponsoring, funding and encouraging Palestinians to take to the streets to “mourn” the establishment of Israel and remain committed to the “right of return,” Abbas and his officials in Ramallah are not being honest with their people…

If and when the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks ever resume, PA leaders will not be able to make any concessions on the refugee issue. They will not because they know that their people would not accept any kind of concessions on this matter. Once again, the PA leaders will have only themselves to blame for having radicalized their people over the years to a point where Palestinians consider any concessions to Israel as a “crime of high treason.” This stance not only applies to the refugee issue, but also to other matters, such as the two-state-solution, the status of Jerusalem and the future borders of a Palestinian state. Neither Abbas nor any future Palestinian leader will be able to reach a compromise with Israel when the Palestinian Authority itself continues to promote such anti-Israel sentiments.

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